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Steinberg CMC-PD - USB Pad Controller for Cubase, Nuendo and Other DAWs

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Product Highlights
  • 16 Rubber Pads
  • Illuminated Pads Display Tap Strength
  • Rotary Encoder
  • Shift Switch
  • Compact Form Factor
  • USB Powered
  • Editor Software Included
  • Cubase AI Software Download
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The CMC-PD from Steinberg is a USB based pad controller, part of six USB-powered CMC micro controllers that can be individually combined to create a custom-made Cubase or Nuendo control desk. Sixteen highly responsive, backlit rubber pads, a rotary encoder, and dedicated working modes enhance beat creation, recording and live performance workflow.

The rubber pads are laid out in an MPC-style 4 x 4 matrix and the LED-based background lights change colors according to the velocity level, from green to orange over to red. Additionally, a rotary encoder provides for browsing sounds and presets. The layout makes the controller the ideal partner for MPC-style, virtual drum samplers such as Steinberg's Groove Agent ONE, or for external hardware sound modules.

The included editor software makes changing the MIDI note assignment for each pad a seamless operation. A "4Velocity" mode allows for easy step recording, and sixteen selectable volume response curves and power supply via USB round out the feature set of this slim-sized yet extremely versatile controller unit.

Note! On the PC, Cubase AI is Windows 7 only.

USB-powered MIDI pad controller
Each pad illuminates in green, orange or red depending on tap strength
Bank function provides 15 different MIDI note allocation maps (banks 1 to 8 - variable user banks, banks 9 to 15 - fixed factory banks, bank 16 - dedicated Cubase functions)
4Velocity mode speeds up step recording
CMC-PD editor software included
Includes download version of Cubase AI, a compact version of the Cubase music production system
System Requirements Hardware
Intel processor (Intel Core Duo or faster recommended)
OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.4, 10.7 (32-/64-bit kernel)
CD-ROM drive
USB component port (1.1/2.0)

Pentium / Athlon 2 GHz or faster (dual core processor recommended)
Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2 (32-/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-/64-bit)
1GB RAM (2GB for Windows 7 64-bit)
CD-ROM drive
USB component port (1.1/2.0)

Intel Core Duo
OS X 10.7 (32-/64-bit kernel)
Core Audio compatible audio hardware
4GB free hard drive space
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection for license activation

Intel or AMD dual core CPU
Windows 7, native 32-/64-bit
Windows compatible audio hardware (ASIO, WDM)
4GB free hard drive space
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection for license activation


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SteinbergCMC-PD - USB Pad Controller for Cubase, Nuendo and Other DAWs

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Great Pad Controller!

By Steve

from New York, NY

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  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Steinberg CMC-PD - USB Pad Controller for Cubase, Nuendo and Other DAWs:

    I thoroughly enjoy this product since day one. The device is well built, and very responsive, the color LED also is a nice touch as it allows you to gauge your velocity. I do wish it was a bit heavier on the base though to keep it from moving around when I'm hitting the pads. For now I have to put it on the edge of the table and use the rubber footing on the bottom to hook onto the edge of the table. Overall great product and looks really elegant on any desk.
    You can also use of with other DAW that supports midi doesn't have to be Cubebase. I have Reason rewired thru protools

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